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Posted August 21, 2021 by Zoé in Blog, Zooloos Book Tours / 0 Comments

Well if I am writing this extremely late post it means that the blog tour for The Lies I Tell came to an end.

Let us recap with these snippets


It’s Day 28 of July, it’s gloomy but it’s bright here because the tour has kicked off!

b for bookreview puts Joel under the spotlight as we find out where he prefers to write, who he would love to co-write a book with, who he would like to interview and so much more…

EmmabBooks was unnerved by this book, “I found myself involved with Lisa right from the first page. She isn’t a likeable character, but she is definitely an interesting one, and some of the scams she pulls certainly made me think!”

Touring Tales is rethinking things, “A gripping, page turning psychological thriller. It made me re-think my online profile and remind me to clamp down my security settings. Note to self… change my passwords and don’t download apps recommended by “friends”…”

Rae Reads is also thinking about her social media connections, “I thought Joel Hames did a great job of keeping the suspense going as to who could be behind it all. This book also made me think about the connections we make on social media along with the information we may give out inadvertently. The Lies I Tell is an intriguing story with a very tangled web of secrets and lies at its heart!”

Compulsive Readers was hooked, “I was absolutely hooked by the end of the first chapter and was glued to my kindle. I was torn between feeling sympathy towards Lisa/Penny and appalled at her attitude towards scamming innocent people.”


The sun came back on 29th July which means the weekend is nearly here

A Knight’s Reads was hooked, “I devoured The Lies I Tell in 24 hours, it’s that addictive and fast paced. I was desperate to know who was tormenting Lisa/Penny/Polly/A.N.Other identity. Hames’s writing gobbled my attention up like me with a packet of custard creams. I wasn’t going to let this book go without good reason (namingly food and sleep).”

My Reading Corner  shares this extract, “I hadn’t missed the tension that crawled up my spine each time I went to retrieve data from a card machine, a tension that crept all the way up to my mouth and sometimes left me physically sick with nerves.”

Herding Cats is suspicious now, “The plot moves quickly, and I found myself being really suspicious of everyone and paranoid on Lisa’s behalf. She’s quite a vulnerable character (more than she realises) and I felt very protective towards her.”

BookEatBook thinks this is a relevant story of our time, “It really is a great read and the best ones are always the ones that have an impact. This has certainly made an impact on me and I will never take my online security for granted again.”


It may be Friday 30th July but there is no YAY because of the rain. Instead, we will cheer ourselves up with these posts

Jen Med’s Book Reviews is added to the list of nervous readers, “This is definitely a book that will keep you hooked and also probably have you double checking everything you do online just to be on the safe side.”

dds_book_reviews (IG) also began to thaw towards Lisa, “The story unfolds from Lisa’s perspective &, initially, I really didn’t like her. However, when you realise where she has come from & why she is like she is, I did start to feel some compassion.”

Jessica Belmont found this to be an edgy thriller, “Suspenseful and snappy, The Lies I Tell is a great read with great characters. I enjoyed this and will keep an eye out for more from this author.”

Lyndas_bookreviews (IG) warmed to Lisa, “I should have despised the protagonist as she had stolen from so many people but I didn’t. I was rooting for her all the way through.”

It is the weekend on 31st July and before we celebrate the end of the month, let us check these posts out

The Magic of Wor(l)ds shares this extract, “I spend the first three hundred wondering whether they’ve left the gas running with the fire out, and the next three hundred fearing the cupboard door has jammed shut, which has never happened before, but that doesn’t mean it won’t.”

Life’s A Book is a new fan, “This book is very unique and not like any other thriller that I’ve ever read before, which I find very refreshing. I’d say it’s quite a complex read and definitely requires your full attention, but not at any point did it lose my attention, I hated when I had to put my kindle down and looked forward to picking it back up again.”

Portable Magic was fascinated, “…credit to Hames that he treats every identity as a different character and they are all really well constructed. There were parts of all of them I could relate to and I really wanted to know their stories.”


Sunday 1st August and we see the new month in with these posts.

The Haphazardous Hippo is keeping an eye on her online security, “The Lies I Tell is a slow burning, tense, complex psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns that will have you guessing right up to the very end. It will have you questioning how safe you are online as well as how well you know your online friends”

The Book Cosy thought this was a page-turner, “This book was quite the page-turner I was hoping it would be. Like Lisa, I doubted the integrity of all of the characters not knowing who to believe or who Lisa could trust. I had no idea what the outcome would be which kept me hooked and turning the pages with increased speed. I have to say I loved the ending and was both surprised and relieved all at the same time.”

Karen and Her Books (IG) flew through this book, “This book was brilliant. It was fast paced and full of amazing twists and turns. It was a jumpy thriller and really kept you guessing.”

Mikaela Reads thinks this is a fab read, “The plot was intricate but engrossing and I was fully invested in Lisa’s story. I also thought the writing style was great and it kept me hooked.”


It’s 2nd August, it’s Monday and it’s the start of a new week!

Me And My Books enjoyed this on “It’s a fabulously twisted story that gradually picks up as the story progresses. It is one that really caught my attention and I would definitely recommend it.”

Donna’s Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways (FB) recommends this book, “A lot of reviewers I’ve seen so far have said they are off to change their passwords. The book is so true to life you will do the same, I have!”

Tea Books and Biscuits shares her thoughts, “I can safely say it was very different and was highly relevant to what is going on in the world today with everyone’s social media presence and the increase in identity fraud. It was extremely engaging and made me think about my own online presence.”

Sharon Beyond the Books enjoyed this thought-provoking book, “A complex and skillfully crafted story that gives us characters that we can empathise with and make us even more paranoid about our social media and internet security. Definitely a thought-provoking read.”


3rd August, well this can mean only one thing, and it’s always a sad day, it’s the final day 🙁

The Crime Warp puts Joel Hames-Clarke under the spotlight as we learn the story behind the story, which book he wished he wrote, what he would be doing if he wasn’t an author plus so much more…

Novel Deelights shares this exclusive extract, “I started without logging in, which gave me the basics on half a dozen of my potential victims, the ones who weren’t smart enough to filter their privacy settings. Once I’d checked for significant updates, it was time to interact.”

Bookworm1346 (IG) really enjoyed this, “The book was filled with suspense and raises moral questions of the readerThe book is dark, addictive and a real rollercoaster ride”

Hayley’s Book Room shares her initial thoughts, “Joel Hames has written a novel that seems complicated in keeping track of Lisa’s identities but they are intricately woven into the fabric of the story which makes this a clever novel. As the events unfold they run seamlessly from moment to moment keeping you, the reader engaged.”

Suze Review… reshares her thoughts, “I wanted to hate Lisa, but it was impossible to do anything but like her. I was rooting for her.”


Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this mammoth tour!

So what did we learn?

Well I have to change all my passwords and security just in case someone is watching me. Not everyone is whom they seem, especially people you want to hate!! This is one hell of a journey, suspenseful, complex, skilful, but an edge of seat thrill-seeking ride!

I need to find time to read all these books!

That is indeed now a wrap!

The Lies I Tell is out now and available to buy on Amazon UK, Amazon US

Until the next adventure xxx

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